Look for the giant horse on the roof and you'll know you've found Green Dot Stables. This horse-racing themed restaurant is a true delight to see with its brick walls and equestrian paraphernalia adorning the walls. Nowhere else will you find such an extensive selection of sliders of all kinds. Green Dot Stables also serves up six different types of fries and a good number of salads. The full bar offers any number of cheap and delicious cocktails and beers.
A Detroit tradition, Buddy's Pizzeria has grown from a little-known bar and pizza joint to an institution. There are now Buddy's outlets in multiple suburbs, but the authentic experience is at the original, crowded, multi-roomed eatery. Buddy's was the first spot in Detroit to offer square pizzas, in 1946. The pizza is thick and the filling comes with plenty of cheese and sauce, and it is repeatedly voted the best in Detroit in local surveys. Salads, pastas, burgers, sandwiches and home-made soups are also on the menu. There is always a bustling party atmosphere.
A Detroit favorite, Slows Bar BQ serves up delectable dishes like Carolina Pulled Pork and St. Louis Spareribs in an ambiance that is warm, cozy and inviting. With wood-paneled and furnished interiors and dull-lighting, this eatery is a great place for a meal with family or friends. The mouthwatering menu here also features the loaded sandwiches and delicious melt-in-your-mouth pork belly. To quench your thirst, choose from the wide craft beer selection available for your enjoyment.
Ronin restaurant and a sushi bar is home to some mighty fine deishes. As with any popular restaurant, you will likely have to endure some time and wait to be seated. However, be rest assured that it will all be worth it. A wide selection of sushi rolls include vegetarian rolls among the fish specials. Great service by the wait-staff round out an exquisite experience.
Wright & Company is a trendy bar and gastropub housed in a 19th-century brownstone. The interiors are cozy and familiar feeling, but still with exciting modern touches like a tin tiled ceiling and large leather booths. Drinks are carefully and lovingly prepared, utilizing fresh seasonal ingredients. The food menu is a good selection of seasonal small plates designed to share.
Want options? Mudgie's Deli has them. This neighborhood deli, set in a 19th-century building, specializes in customization. A sandwich, for example, can be put on anything from sourdough rye to lavash. And that's just the beginning. Choices of cheese range from Parmesan to Harvarti, and condiments for it can be anything from yellow mustard to wasabi mayo. Salads can be customized with anything, from bacon to eggs, and seemingly everything in between. There's a soup of the day, ranging from bean to clam chowder. But it's not just the customization that brings people back, it's the unique touches, like their creative sandwich combos and serving Mexican Coca-Cola, that does the trick.
A Thai restaurant, Bangkok Crossing is one of the popular budget eateries for Oriental fare in Downtown. At low to moderate prices, one can enjoy full-portioned meals comprising appetizers such as Chicken Satay and Nong Tong, and mains like Pad Cashew and Pineapple Fried Rice. Seafood lovers should try Choo Chee Pla, a fried fish preparation soaked in coconut milk curry. Rice and noodle lovers will have plenty to pick from, while those on a diet can go for their flavorful soups and salads. Bangkok Crossing's food is good for both a leisurely sit-down meal and for a take-out.
Townhouse Detroit is a chic and classy New-American cuisine restaurant and bar located in the heart of Detroit featuring a beautiful garden patio and a warm cozy interior seating. Relish dishes like the Townhouse Truffle Fries, Smoked Trout, Crispy Duck Wings and the award-winning Townhouse Burger. This burger masterpiece is made with steak aged for 28 days, then cooked-to-order and topped with Bourbon glazed onions, aged White Cheddar and Townhouse Fries in a brioche bun. It is nothing short of spectacular.
Lunchtime Global is one of the best places in Downtown Detroit to grab a quick lunch, without compromising on one's health. Especially, those working at GM Renaissance Center or around Campus Martius Park find it a convenient spot for a quick midday meal. They serve comforting soups in varieties like Broccoli Cheese and Vegan Split Pea, with aromas that make you feel right at home. This eatery is also known for its healthy salads, lunchtime sandwiches, and good vegetarian and vegan options. The wallet-friendly prices are the added bonus.
If you need food in the nick of time, Jimmy John's will definitely turn out to be a savior. Though it has many locations in Detroit, the one at Griswold is known for its negligible waiting lines and super-quick staff. This sandwich shop is thronged by office goers who usually opt for a takeaway and enjoy the delicious sandwiches in the comforts of their workplaces. The gourmet sandwiches served at Jimmy John's are delectable, filled with fresh ingredients and sauces of your choice. If you are too busy to get out of the house, just give them a call and they will deliver the sandwiches to your doorstep.
Carnival Fresh Mex works only on weekdays and caters mainly to professionals working in Downtown Detroit. Its tacos, quesadillas and burritos are both delicious to taste and low in price. The extensive menu includes choices like Avocado Bowl, Carne-Asada Fries, California Burrito and Quesadilla with sour cream. Choose from various meats such as marinated ground beef, chorizo and spicy shredded pork to go with your main course. Carnival Fresh Mex is a good lunch spot but it is also frequented by many for breakfast. If you work around Downtown, it will happily deliver food to your office.
The Fountain Detroit brings a bit of the beach to the Downtown. Open seasonally, this lively, open-air eatery and bar is arguably the best outdoor dining experience in the heart of the metro. The operating base is set in shipping containers while the enclosing area is decked with beach furniture, sand and umbrellas for shade. Situated right in the middle of Campus Martius Park, with the lovely Woodward Fountain as a backdrop, it is a fantastic place to nosh on casual fare, tipple on drinks and indulge in some people-watching.